Saturday, July 27, 2013

Removing Opening and Write Protection from Word DOCX 2007 - 2013 Format Files
"Just follow these steps:
  1. Rename the extension name of the document to ZIP, like as a ZIP compressed file.
  2. Double click it and open it in Windows Explorer, navigate to Word folder.
  3. Delete the Settings.xml file from the folder. And then close the Window.
  4. Rename back to DOCX file.
  5. And done. Next time when you open the same document, you will not be prompted by the password window."
Apparently this works for both opening and write protection for Word 2007 and 2010 DOCX files. But it is only effective for write protection for DOCX Word 2013 files. Apparently for write protection for any DOC or DOCX format files you can just Select All, then copy and then paste into a new file, and there is no longer any copy protection.


Anonymous said...

I don't get a settings.xml file when I decompress. Just _rels, docProps, and word folders as well as a file called [Content_Types].xml. Any idea why?

Paul D Pruitt said...

I don't know. Try posting your question here.

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